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‘I can’t stop corruption; we will make it costly’- SP Nominee

The Special Prosecutor nominee, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, has indicated that he cannot stop corruption in Ghana but will instead make the practice unattractive for individuals with an appetite for corruption.

“My strategy is that Honourable Chair, I’m not naïve to assume that I’m coming to stop corruption. There is no way I can stop corruption. God himself will not even acclaim to that. But I’m going to make corruption very costly; very, very costly to engage in, in terms of conflict of interest,” he said.

Speaking during his vetting in Parliament on Thursday, July 22, 2021, Mr. Agyebeng stated that he would put in place the right systems that will help check corruption.

Answering a question from the Tamale South Member of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, who sought to find out the strategies that will be used to deal particularly with conflict of interest, Mr. Agyebeng said corruption is something that God himself cannot claim to stop.

However, for him, the best antidote to deal with the practice was to make it a risky venture for people who engage in the act.

“I am not naive to assume that I am coming to stop corruption. There’s no way I can stop corruption. God himself will not acclaim to that but, I am going to make corruption very costly to engage in.”

“First, I am going to institute what I call ‘Pressure for Progress’ and in this quest, there will be a systemic review of all public sector institutions and the development of integrity plans.”

According to the Special Prosecutor nominee, when given the nod, he will institute a new policy called “Pressure for Progress”, under which “there will be a systemic review of all public agencies; public sector institutions and the development of integrity plan.”

Mr. Agyebeng explained that with the Pressure for Progress policy, the SP office should be able to establish its own corruption perception index whereby state agencies can be ranked based on certain corruption indicators.

“First, I am going to institute what I call ‘Pressure for Progress’ and in this quest, there will be a systemic review of all public sector institutions and the development of integrity plans.”

He said: “Why can’t we have our own corruption perception index, for instance? why can’t I rank public sector agencies against each other? And at the end of the year, publicize the results as to which institution is performing well and which institution is not performing well. In that point, if ahead of an institution… and persistently your institution is drawing the short straw in terms of perception of corruption from the point of view of experts, from the point of view of the business people, you will sit up”.

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